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3 Day Horseback Trail Riding Holiday in Algonquin Park, Ontario

Algonquin Eco-Lodge, Harcourt, ON K0L 1X0, Highlands East, Haliburton County, Central Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Guided Horseback Riding Holiday in Canada

Come experience the grandeur of Algonquin Park in one of the most exciting and natural ways possible! Explore the forest trails, the meandering creeks, and the countless lakes while on the back of a majestic horse. This is a great trip for both experienced and novice riders, as guidance and instruction will be given (if needed) as you journey through the wilderness.

Key information:

  • Tack type: Western

Highlights

  • 3 daily horseback rides
  • Use of canoes on Moffat Pond, sauna, and paddleboats at the lodge
  • 3 days of guided horseback riding (with instruction as required)
  • Bonfire and Wolf Howl seminar program
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 2 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding

Algonquin Eco-Lodge is beautifully secluded amidst remote Algonquin Park forests, where even hydro lines and telephone poles can’t reach. It has the feel and atmosphere of a European mountain lodge and is one of the most secluded lodges or hotels in Algonquin Park. With 17 private bedrooms, there is more than enough space to comfortably hold 34 people. The bedrooms are basic and cozy. There is no TV, phone, or coffee machine in the room, but there are an electric light and a comfortable custom-built bed (doubles and singles). Women’s and men’s bathrooms and showers are shared.

They are completely off-grid and yet, with the alternative energy they create from the waterfall (they use 100% micro-hydro electricity), the eco-lodge still provides all the finer comforts. Things such as indoor plumbing, hot showers, an outdoor wood-fired sauna, and even a carbon neutral hot tub (the only one in Southern Ontario) are heated by electricity from their own waterfall.

If you are looking for a digital detox vacation, then this lodge is the place for you. Since they are so far in the Algonquin Park forest that there are no phone lines, no internet service, and even cell phones don’t work, you are guaranteed that work can’t get hold of you. You have no excuse now but to enjoy the company of your family and friends, play a board game with your spouse, or join the other guests toasting marshmallows around the campfire.

So, leave your laptops and Blackberries at home, and bring that book you’ve been meaning to read. All this, plus the extensive groomed wilderness trail network, a private 30-acre (12.5 hectares) lake complete with a family of beavers, and even a resident wolf pack make a visit to the eco-lodge. It is an experience to remember and one of the best ways to explore Algonquin Park.

Program

This exciting package includes three days and two nights at Algonquin Eco-Lodge, plus three daily horseback rides into the heart of Algonquin Park. You will visit High Falls, the Grand View Lookout, Gut Rapids, cross numerous streams, and follow winding forest trails. Along the way, keep a watchful eye for signs of the numerous animals that live in the park.

It is possible to see beavers, white-tailed deer, moose, otters, or maybe even a rare glimpse of a wolf in the distance! It is often easier to see animals from horseback because you are traveling in a quiet and natural fashion. At the end of each day, you will return to the cozy comforts of Algonquin Eco-Lodge where you can relax on the deck, go for a swim in the private 30-acre lake, take a canoe for a paddle, or luxuriate in the wood-fired sauna before you feast on some of the best food in Algonquin Park.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Meet at South Algonquin Trails horse stables at 13:00.
  • Saddle up, get lessons (if needed), and receive an overview of the trip.
  • Ride your horse deep into the forests of Algonquin Park, ending the day at Algonquin Eco-Lodge.
  • Have dinner at Algonquin Eco-Lodge.
  • Enjoy the bonfire, but you have to help collect the wood.

Day 2

  • After breakfast, saddle up your horses.
  • Ride to the Grand View Lookout and cast your gaze over hundreds of square kilometers of Algonquin forest.
  • Have a trail lunch.
  • Take an afternoon ride to High Falls, go for a swim, or relax by the water's edge.
  • Have a barbecue dinner.
  • Take a sauna (on request).
  • Enjoy the bonfire and Wolf Howl program (by request).

Day 3

  • After breakfast, saddle up your horses and pack your gear.
  • Ride out into the forests for another three-hour trail ride to Gut Rapids (or another destination).
  • Return to stables by mid-afternoon.

Please note that the above itinerary is a sample only. The actual route and destination of each ride may change due to conditions and / or riders' abilities and weather conditions.

Check-in and checkout

If you will be arriving after dark, please ensure that each person has a flashlight as it is very dark. Since dinner is served until 19:00, please eat before you arrive if it will be later than that. In order for Algonquin Eco-Lodge to be able to collect your luggage, you must check in by 22:00. If you arrive after 22:00, please carry what you need for the night and remember that there is a 2.5-kilometer hike through the dark forest. The staff usually goes to bed at 23:00 so the building will be dark, but they will leave a note on the counter for you with your room number. The rest of your luggage will be collected in the morning.

If you choose to use the trails or any other facilities, either before the check-in or after the check-out times, you are welcome to do so. However, you do so on your own responsibility and you must accept all risk for doing so. Be aware that the lodge may be closed before the check-in and after the check-out times, and there may be no staff on site to provide you with any assistance during such times.

Included excursions

  • Canoeing on Moffat Pond
  • Hiking
  • Paddle and row boating

Location

Algonquin Eco-Lodge is located on the southern border of Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada (between Harcourt and Maynooth, near Bancroft), only three hours from Toronto or Ottawa. The nearest hospital is 45 minutes away and the nearest phone is 15 minutes away. Situated on the shores of a private lake and a cascading waterfall, the lodge is perfect for people who want a wilderness without having to camp. Please note that there are wild animals such as moose, bear, and wolves that inhabit the area. While they are not something you normally need to be frightened of, you do need to be aware that you could potentially encounter one.

Nearby places

  • 18-hole golf course - 10 minutes by car
  • The nearest hospital - 45 minutes
  • The nearest phone - 15 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Mountain biking
  • Sauna

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Parking lot
  • Wedding

Food

You will have daily meals from dinner on the first day to lunch on the last day. Vegetarian or non-pork diets are provided with no extra charge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Hallal
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Geocaching
  • Mountain biking
  • Sidekick package with a two-and-a-half-day trip (three-hour rides on the first and last day) plus a full day of leisure for relaxing, a day trip by canoe, or golf
  • Swimming

What's included

  • 3 days of guided horseback riding (with instruction as required)
  • Use of hiking trail system (over 40 kilometers)
  • Use of the outdoor carbon-neutral hot tub
  • Free use of canoes on Moffat Pond
  • Use of sauna, paddleboats, and rowboats
  • Bonfire and Wolf Howl seminar program (by request)
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 2 nights’ accommodation

What's not included

  • 13% HST and 5% staff gratuity

How to get there

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Driving directions from Algonquin

  • Take Highway 60 east to just past Whitney.
  • Turn south onto Highway 127.
  • In Maynooth, turn right onto Highway 62 (toward Bancroft) and make another quick right turn onto County Road 10 (Peterson Road) and follow it for 18.1 kilometers.
  • Watch for Algonquin Eco-Lodge sign, on the right-hand side of the road, just before the lumber mill, and 1.4 kilometers before Benoir Lake Road.
  • From the parking lot, walk past the steel gate that marks the border of Algonquin Park.
  • You will walk about 200 meters and then arrive at an intersection (at Little Mink Lake).
  • Take the trail to the right and follow it for 2.3 kilometers (about 20 minutes).
  • When you come to the small / medium-sized hill, you are nearly there!
  • Just go up the hill and the eco-lodge is the second building.
  • The trail is all flat, except for the hill, and easy to walk.

Driving directions from Ottawa

  • Take Highway 417 west to Highway 17 west.
  • Turn left onto Highway 60, and then west on Highway 132 and follow it onto Highway 41 south.
  • Then go to Highway 28 west until Bancroft.
  • Take Highway 62 north until Maynooth, then turn left onto County Road 10 (Peterson Road) and follow it for 18.1 kilometers.
  • Watch for Algonquin Eco-Lodge sign, on the right-hand side of the road, just before the lumber mill, and 1.4 kilometers before Benoir Lake Road.

Driving directions from Toronto

  • Take Highway 401 east to Highway 115.
  • Go north of Peterborough to Highway 7 east.
  • After about 10 minutes, turn left onto Highway 28 north (formerly Highway 134).
  • Follow Highway 28 to Paudash at Highway 118 (formerly 121).
  • Turn left (west) onto Highway 118 and then turn north on County Road 648.
  • Past Highland Grove, turn right (north) onto County Road 10 (Elephant Lake Road).
  • Drive for 16.6 kilometers and 1.4 kilometers past Benoir Lake Road.
  • Watch for Algonquin Eco-Lodge sign on the left side of the road (past the lumber mill).

Arrival by bus

You can take a Greyhound bus to Maynooth and Algonquin Eco-Lodge can pick you up there. The bus only runs a few days a week, so you will need to check their schedule. The Greyhound bus terminal in Toronto is located at 610 Bay Street, at the corner of Bay Street and Dundas Street, opposite the Eaton Centre. The Ottawa bus terminal is located at 265 Catherine Street.

Arrival by shuttle

Algonquin Eco-Lodge can provide a return shuttle to Maynooth for 30 CAD per person.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Pricing information
  • Luggage transfers are optional at 10 USD per adult.
  • Due to the additional food costs, there is an additional fee of 10 USD per night for gluten-free, lactose-free, halal, kosher, or vegan diets.

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